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MAY 13, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lankan PM says no more truce with Tamil rebels
xinhua, may 14. COLOMBO, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said here Tuesday the government would never enter into any more cease-fire agreements with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Wickramanayake said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had exploited cease-fire agreements with the government in the past.

"I will tell you one thing for sure. There will never be anymore cease-fire agreements in the future with the LTTE", the prime minister said.

Wickramanayake's government in January this year unilaterally withdrew from the February 2002 cease-fire. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 13 22:21:58 EDT 2008


Advisor to Tamil minister shot dead in northern Sri Lanka
m & C, may 14. Colombo - Unidentified gunmen shot dead Tuesday an advisor to a minority Tamil cabinet minister at her residence in northern Sri Lanka, police said.

The advisor Maheshwari Velauthan, was at her residence in Karaveddi, Jaffna, and was shot by three men dressed in military type uniforms.

Velauthan had served as a human rights activist as well as advisor to Minister Douglas Devananda, who heads the Tamil minority party - the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP).

Velauthan had come under threat from the LTTE while Minister Devananda has already escaped three attempts on his life. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 13 22:22:48 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Indo-Lanka ties strong and candid: Foreign Minister
pti, may 14. India and Sri Lanka enjoy a "very candid and strong" relationship, the Foreign Minister of the island nation said, asserting that a maritime defence arrangement between the two countries to prevent arms smuggling by Tamil Tigers was "working well".

Relations between New Delhi and Colombo are at a "very high point" both politically and economically, Rohitha Bogollagama said complementing the Indian leadership for responding to his country's needs.

"Today, we have a very candid and strong relationship. We are quite close to each other and the relation translates into substantive economic and political development," he said in an interview with the PTI. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 13 22:23:46 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka's opposition says it will launch mass campaign against election violence
Associated Press, Mon May 12, 2008 06:06 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's opposition said Monday it would launch a mass campaign calling on the government to restore democracy in the island nation after tense Eastern Province elections that it says were tainted by vote tampering and intimidation... Back to the top

Military: Sri Lanka fighting kills 17 rebels, 1 police officer
Associated Press, Tue May 13, 2008 02:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Military forces and Tamil Tiger rebels fought a series of battles across northern Sri Lanka - that killed 17 rebels, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's model democracy is being ravaged by war
Globe Mail, May 12. A United Nations agency recently declared Sri Lanka one of the world's most dangerous places for aid workers and journalists... Back to the top

Building a more sustainable world in Sri Lanka
telegraph, May 12. I have found myself on a very steep learning curve since coming to work in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Cyclone-hit Myanmar to supply rice to Sri Lanka
FT, may 12. Colombo, May 12: With India and Pakistan showing their reluctance to supply rice to Sri Lanka, cyclone hit Myanmar has agreed to go ahead with its contractual rice export obligations that will benefit the island nation to meet its requirements... Back to the top

Congress calls for ban on pro-LTTE outfits
Hindu, May 12. Chennai (PTI): Congress, a key ally of Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK, on Monday demanded a ban on pro-LTTE organisations in the state and asked the state government to deal with "scourge of terrorism with iron hand... Back to the top

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